How would you like your home to be automated enough that it knows when to turn on the heat, when to turn on the air conditioning, and when to keep it off? To know that when you are home, and when you aren't? To make these decisions on the fly without you telling it to make these decisions?
Well in 2011, Nest Labs came out with v1.0 of the Nest learning thermostat. This thermostat combined machine learning with sensors, wifi-connection, and bluetooth can learn to adjust the heating and cooling of the house based on your location and time of day. It's programmed software is amazing at optimizing the energy usage in your home by creating a smart thermostat. This is a product that is able to learn the user's behavior, and because of the level of information it can receive it can intuitively allow for max optimization of energy efficiency in regards to temperature control. This smart thermostat, is a bit pricey but it is said over 2 years you will have made your money back through the energy savings that will be made due to the smart object. Nest Labs has also created besides the smart thermostat the Nest protect, and Nest camera which are their implements of a smart smoke detector and security camera.
Nest was partially founded by Tony Fadell who is considered the "godfather of the ipod", who set out to create a thermostat that was more advanced and efficient than anything else out their. Tony Fadell is considered one of the top innovators of the 21st centuries. Best described by 99u.com when talking about Fadell winning the Alva award: "Author of more than 100 patents, Tony Fadell embodies the spirit of the 21-century inventor. From the Sony Magic Link to the Philips Nino and Velo, and from the iPod and the iPhone to the Nest Learning Thermostat, Tony’s incredible creations have disrupted industries, introduced beautifully designed solutions, and changed the way we live.". Tony Fadell when talking about his creative process, he talks about his innovative ideas rising up from his frustration over why things do not work or have yet to be invented. He also accredits his creativity from his background of curiosity and learning he inherited from his grandfather. He also says he gains his insight from learning how to perceive the world in how it is built, and being able to reassemble the world in a different manner.
Tony Fadell is considered a great creative because he is able to spot the problems with existing technologies and is able to present solutions. This derives from his unique way of seeing the world, in which he abstracts he object/idea down to its fundamental building blocks and question its efficiency and usefulness. This parallels Einsteins method of abstraction in which Einstein would question the reality of his surroundings with the philosophical and mathematical revolutions of physics in his thought experiments.
Here is a video of a interview with Fadell about his creativity: